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Today people around the world are celebrating World Water Day, generating awareness around water challenges and better management of the scarce resource on both a micro and macro scale.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has set a 2030 target, which  intends to have 100% of its desalinated water production come from a mix of clean energy that uses both renewable energy and waste heat.

This will allow Dubai to exceed global targets to use clean energy to desalinate water.

CEO of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, highlighted in a statement: “Today, over 663 million people live without water supplies close to their homes. They either spend countless hours or travel long distances to get water, or even face the negative health impacts of using contaminated water.”

With an ambitious 2030 target set, Al Tayer explains: DEWA’s production capacity is expected to reach 305 million gallons of desalinated water per day by 2030. This means reverse osmosis will produce 41% compared to its current share of 5%. This means that we will be able to produce 750 million gallons of desalinated water per day by 2030, compared to our current capacity of 470 million gallons per day.

“The increase in operational efficiency created by decoupling electricity generation and water desalination will lead to savings of up to AED 13 billion by 2030, and reduce 43 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.” Read more: DEWA awards $237m contract for desal plant

He added: “We encourage community members to adopt sustainable lifestyles by reducing water consumption, thereby preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

“DEWA provides tips and advice to help consumers rationalise consumption, through its website and smart application.”

World Water Day

The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Read more: UN embraces nature for water management solutions

A drive led by the United Nations, the initiative explains: “Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.”

View the World Water Day factsheet.

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